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[in-suh-vil-i-tee] /ˌɪn səˈvɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural incivilities for 2.
the quality or condition of being uncivil; discourteous behavior or treatment.
an uncivil act.
Origin of incivility
1575-85; < Late Latin incīvīlitās. See in-3, civility
Related forms
[in-siv-uh l] /ɪnˈsɪv əl/ (Show IPA),
1. rudeness, boorishness, uncouthness. 2. discourtesy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for incivility
  • Anyone who believes that real names prevent incivility has lived a rather sheltered existence.
  • And from some one of these four it is, that incivility commonly has its rise.
  • The nastiness and incivility that can ensue has been a big turnoff for many onetime blog readers.
  • Because they clearly understand the role of incivility in playing to your own sidelines.
  • Doesn't mean it will, or that it always does happen, but it's the green light for incivility.
  • Lots of points of view are welcome and encouraged, but rank incivility is not.
  • But you need to do more than simply refrain from incivility.
  • Giving people anonymity is a license for incivility.
  • These displays have coarsened the debate, inflamed tensions and contributed to an increase in incivility.
  • Taunting the errant to purge incivility, however, was not his sole aim.
British Dictionary definitions for incivility


noun (pl) -ties
lack of civility or courtesy; rudeness
an impolite or uncivil act or remark
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Word Origin and History for incivility

1580s, "want of civilized behavior, rudeness," from French incivilité (early 15c.), from Late Latin incivilitatem (nominative incivilitas), from incivilis "not civil," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + civilis "relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen; popular, affable, courteous" (see civil). Meaning "an act of rudeness" is from 1650s. Incivil "not conducive to common good" is from mid-15c.

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